Macchiarini May Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

The embattled stem cell researcher faces a new investigation exploring his culpability in the deaths of two patients he treated.

By | June 23, 2016

PIXABAY, DEBORABALVESThe artificial organ researcher who was fired from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute earlier this year has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of two of his patients, upon whom he performed artificial trachea transplants, according to Swedish prosecutors. After years of ethical inquiries into his research and clinical practice, Paolo Macchiarini was informed last week of the criminal investigation that may end in formal charges of involuntary manslaughter. The investigation will likely center on two patients Macchiarini treated in the U.S.: one a 2-year-old girl who died in 2013, several months after the procedure; the other, an adult male in Baltimore, who died in 2011, three months after his surgery.

“Of course with the accusations that were made against me last year the prosecutor has to investigate, and I have been very happy to give them any information that they need for that investigation,” Macchiarini told the Associated Press in an email.

If Macchiarini is charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter, he could face between six months and six years in prison.

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June 25, 2016

As convenient as it can be for this institute. Like he did all this alone.

What about his institutional collaborators, recruiters/ non-Swedish collaborators/ publishers that once making a fuss, later stepped away once the so-called "successful operation" starting collapsing?

Somebody can expect a more critical view from this institute since they award Nobel prizes. But instead more effort was put into seeking media attention costing human lives and suffering. It's not just the patients affected. It is their families too!

Well done! once intensifying his recruitment now you are trying to convict him to show you are actually doing something good- for science or your reputation?

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